"The Peace and the Panic" is the third studio album by Welsh pop punk band Neck Deep, released 18 August 2017 on the Hopeless label.
The album's theme is showing how the band has grown in the period following the release of Life's Not out to Get You. The album's songs were written by a combination of the band, Mike Green and Ben Barlow's brother Sebastian. Sam Carter of Architects, Laura Whiteside, and Ella, Evie, Finlay and Darcy Jones provide vocals to different tracks.
Upon the album reaching the finish line, the time comes to ask an important question; is it better than Life's Not Out to Get You? Well, the album offers only a handful of songs that can compete with that album in terms of composition and execution. Not surprisingly, those tracks are album highlights and to be fair, they are among the best cuts this group has ever put out. But the album does experience some brief growing pains. This veer into poppier, alt rock stylings wasn't going to be easy, especially when factoring in the increased melancholy in the lyrical content. When the time comes to look back on this album, it's safe to say history will judge Life's Not Out to Get You far more favorably. But, even so, this is still a great album that fully cements Neck Deep as genre leaders and for that, The Peace and the Panic cannot be called anything else but a success. --- Reviewed by sputnikmusic.com User Comments